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EU criticizes ‘aggressive’ tax practices of 7 member states

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has criticized seven member states for "aggressive" tax practices, whereby governments try to undercut others to attract multinational companies. The European Union's executive branch said Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and the ...

Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A military investigation into the Niger attack that killed four American service members concludes the team didn't get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, several U.S. ...

Seoul: Koreas agree to hold summit talks at border in April

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a landmark summit meeting with South Korea's president next month and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if his country holds talks with the United States, a senior South Korean official said ...

UK counterterror help inquiry after ex-Russian spy collapses

By MARTIN BENEDYK and KATE DePURY, Associated Press SALISBURY, England (AP) — British counterterror specialists offered expertise to police in southern England on Tuesday as they sought to unravel the mystery of why a former Russian spy collapsed and became critically ill following exposure ...

Violence halts rare aid delivery to Syria’s eastern Ghouta

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The first aid delivery in weeks to reach the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus was cut short after Syrian government forces began shelling the area while aid workers were still inside, a local council said Tuesday, amid a renewed escalation in ...

US aides: Venezuela opens backchannel over jailed American

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro welcomed a visit by a top-ranking Republican congressional staffer last month to discuss the possible release of a Utah man jailed for more than 20 months in this volatile South American nation, ...

China cites support for ending presidential term limits

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's ceremonial legislature said Tuesday that a broad consensus has been reached on amendments to the constitution, including one to abolish term limits that will allow Xi Jinping to continue as president indefinitely. Critics have ...

US, Afghan leaders agree on peace push, Taliban doesn’t

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite U.S. support, the Afghan government's surprising new peace offer to the Taliban is immediately running into a wall. The insurgents show no sign of shifting from their demand that talks for a conflict-ending compromise take ...

Merkel set for 4th term after Social Democrats OK coalition

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel cleared the last major hurdle on her path to a fourth term Sunday, after members of the center-left Social Democrats voted in favor of continuing their governing coalition with her conservative bloc. The ...

High-level Seoul officials to head to North Korea for talks

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president will send a delegation led by his national security director to North Korea this week for talks on how to ease nuclear tensions and help arrange the restart of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, ...